Material Culture & Pre-Service Teacher Identity Development
The issue we are investigating is the nature of pre-service teacher (PST) self-identity, which we argue is an essential component in teacher preparation (and ultimately in-service practice) in order that students develop a strong sense of self-awareness and self efficacy— the potential to be a valued member of the education community and have a satisfying career. Thus we endeavour to prompt in our students their personal inquiries into the question: Who is the self that teaches? Our project examines those inquiries, with particular attention to students’ capacities for reflection upon, and articulation of, their evolving self-identities in relation to their chosen profession. Our strategy is to use material culture as the vehicle for investigation.
Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Dr. Boyd White: McGill University (PI)
Dr. Pauline Sameshima: Lakehead University
Dr. Anita Sinner: Concordia University